After murder of Safe Streets leader, the group announces “Safe Summer 2021” initiative

June 1, 2021

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WBFF FOX45 | Maxine Streicher | At the corner of Fayette and Caroline Street, signs of lives lost mark the sidewalk.

They include the name of Safe Streets leader Dante Barksdale, who was killed in January.

Now Dante Johnson says: “He embodied the work of violence intervention.”

On Tuesday, Safe Streets leaders launched a new initiative for a violence-free summer.

“Our initiative is about making sure those persons who would’ve been arrested or most likely to have been involved in violence have the resources needed to actually grow,” said founder and executive director of CCD, K Bain.

Together with other community organizations, Safe Streets’ new campaign to combat violence will take a unified effort focused on prevention, cross-coordination, and community involvement

“That’s why we’re here today to let the city know we’re tired of this and need your help,” said Dante Johnson.

The initiative is led by Dante Johnson, Safe Streets Belair-Edison Site Director for Living Classrooms.

“Whether it be the street corner, the alley, gang meeting, whatever – we’re there to engage them and offer them alternatives do deal with their conflicts,” said Johnson.

The announcement comes after a violent weekend that has these leaders fed up and taking the problem into their own hands.

“We are going to strategically plan and organize in our communities. We are going to strategically look at key persons, hot spots and events in the community where violence could happen and preventatively get in front of that,” said Bain.